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By Tristan Harris Wednesday 22 May 2013 Updated: 22/05 00:17
A BRAVE six-year-old who battled back from leukaemia stepped in to complete the final mile of a marathon walk that she inspired 25 people to do.
Hannah Bowen, from Barnt Green, took over from her mum Fiona who was suffering with heat exhaustion 25 miles into the 26-mile Free Radio Walk for Kids.
Fiona had rallied 24 others from in and around the village to participate in the event, which took place on Sunday (May 19) in aid of a host of children's charities, including Leukaemia for Kids.
The St Andrew's CE Primary School pupil had gone to Birmingham to cheer on her mum and, while her mum was receiving treatment from St John Ambulance, led the team for the final mile, back to Kings Heath Park. There, at the finish, she collected the medal on her mum's behalf.
Hannah was diagnosed with leukaemia in the autumn and is now in recovery having completed her intensive treatment. The prognosis is good and Hannah is now doing well.
Fiona said: “Apart from being disappointed with not being able to finish the full 26 miles it was an incredible challenge and amazing achievement."
The Free Radio Walk for Kids took participants along the Second City's famous number 11 circular bus route - from Kings Heath and back again via Bournville, Selly Oak, Harborne, Bearwood, Smethwick, Winson Green, Handsworth, Witton, Erdington, Washwood Heath, Alum Rock, Yardley, Acocks Green, Hall Green and Billesley.
The 26-mile distance was, by their own admission, out of many of the women's comfort zone and they would not have taken on the challenge if they had not been supporting their friend Fiona.
"I am really grateful to all those who have taken part and supported us in this challenge which has raised just over £3,000 for Cure Leukaemia for Kids,” added Fiona.
For more on the Walking for Hannah challenge and the fund-raising, visit www.justgiving.com/Walking-for-Hannah or www.virginmoneygiving.com/walking4Hannah.
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